Monday, November 22, 2010


                                                   Hello Everyone,
About this time last year My Sweetie gave me two gifts for my 60th birthday in 2010. First to take me to the Lovely Magical Island of PEI. We took this trip in July. Lots of these photos are posted several posting back on my blog.

The second was to renovate my sewing room into "My Dream Creative Studio"!  My Sweetie started this huge project in May and finished it the middle of September.  I am soooooooo excited and pleased to share with everyone photos of "My New Dream Studio": Handmade With Love by My Sweetie!

The photos below is of what my sewing room looked like "Before" the renovation begun.. Oh, it was sooooooo very very messy.  LOL

The below photos starts out by showing you the signature that "My Sweetie" put on all the lovely furniture he made for the new room. The middle "Fancy Cupboard" was the last piece to be made.

The inspiration for the "Fancy Cupboard" came from Anita's Blog called
"My Country Cottage Garden". Anita's DH had made her a fancy cupboard for in her sewing room a couple of years ago. Anita was very kind and shared with us some of its measurements.  

I wanted some added special features to mine which My Sweetie designed.  The "Fancy Cupboard" has a large display shelve so I can create scenes to take photos of My Creations. My Sweetie also made me the "Laying Tool" or "Stillo" which he painted in "Pink"!!The bookcases were designed by My Sweetie.

After all the mess was removed, which by the way "took some time" we started the painting. Then we added the new Ceiling Fan and Lights. Then came the new "Tuscany" flooring which I absolutely Love.. The wall color was called "Sourdough" and all the trim paint was called,"Sugar Soap"! The furniture was painted with the "Sugar Soap" too! 

My Sweetie Made two large Bookcases along with the Fancy Cupboard. All the edges of the book cases were made fancy along with the top and bottom wood trim.  No edge was left flat. LOL

One of the most exciting aspect of the "Fancy Cupboard" was the bottom shelve doors which was My Idea. They have removable panel so I can change the fabric from time to time so I can have a new look.  I love the pastel pink fabric I used called, "Posh, by Chez Moi" by Moda.

The top shelve glass is called, "Seedy" which gives them an antique look. The "Seedy Glass" was special order and took 3 weeks to arrive.  All the bookcase shelves were made to accommodate all my Art Bins! One bookcase I use for the Art Bins and the other one for my books.

In these photos you will see the other wall with my sewing table which was made in Australia. The other white unit I bought sometime ago. I also bought the fancy light switch years ago when I lived in Oregon.

The closet area was transformed into shelving for most of my fabric stash. There is three separate units and now most of my stash is finally organized. VBG 

The display board on the wall I made from art foam board and I covered it with very pretty Pink French Toile fabric. It hold several "Fabric Post Cards" friends have made for me over the years. I change them often.

I also found these new storage bins that I now used for my yarn.

In these photos are a close up of some of my treasures.  I especially love my "Smokers" I bought while living in Germany!

The beautiful Pink Garden Globe with Roses and Dragonflies was made for me by a dear Friend Sherry who is a "Art Teacher in Texas". I could never bring myself to put it outside.  

The wool art was made for me several years ago from My Dear Sis in Australia. I also have my small collection of "Pincushions" displayed so I can admire them all the time.

 I have waited many many years for "My Dream Creative Studio". "Dreams" do come true especially when you are married to a Sweet, Kind, Loving, Very Creative, Talented Wood Artist who is now retired!

I truly enjoy working in my sewing room now. To me it is very warm, relaxing, and peaceful space. When I look around at all the love that went into this room,I am Truly "Very Thankful" and it brings a big smile to My Heart.

I have also learned some new photo collage editing on Picasa.  I have to thank "Stina" from Sweden for being so kind to answer all my questions.  Stina lovely blog is called, "Kviltstina". Stina is a very talented quilter!

I hope all My Friends will leave me comments on their thought of My New Dream Studio! I thank you all.

I would also like to wish all My Family and Friends,including our Service Men and Woman a Lovely Thanksgiving Holiday. We have much to be "Thankful" for!



Gina said...

If I were the jealous sort, I'd be green with envy, but instead I wish you much joy in your new space and thank you for sharing it and inspiring me with new ideas. I just need a bigger house, I think. Maybe with a whole floor just for me and my "creativity". :-)

Linda said...

Great to see you've got your new space organized Judy. It's heart warming to hear such stories. I am sure it is a joy to sit and create in such a deligtful setting. You have some truly special treasures, I'm sure you know that. Thank you for sharing your world with us, and congratulations on your layout. Bloggers are all there to help with something new. Well done to you!!

Nicki Lee said...

Congratulation Judy on your new Dream Studio - it certainly looks to me like you've found a little bit opf heaven. I can see that a lot of love and attention whent into making it a special place for you to create in.

My studio was flooded out last April and I'm still waiting for the walls to be replaced and floor to be laid. I'm so looking forward to the day I can start the redecorating and organizng process all over again ... and I won't even complain!

Enjoy your new dream room!

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely room, made even better by the fact it was all made especially for you.

Ati. said...

It looks very nice now Judy. I am sure you will sitt there many hours to stitch with great pleasure!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness Judy.... it is sooooooo you!!! Lovely, lovely, lovely.... now you can display all of your lovely treasures and enjoy them everyday. I can't wait to see what creativity is going to come out of that space!!!! If only we could all have our dream studio... my dream studio is on the way... maybe next year!! Hugs.

Maureen said...

Lucky you Judy, your new studio looks wonderful, have some very happy times working in there. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

GailM. said...

Oh, it's beautiful. I love all the white things and the pink things. It must be heaven to work in that room. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Di's Quilting and Craft said...

Oooh Judy, I can feel the love from here in Oz. You are a lucky girl, and no doubt your new surroundings will get you creating feverishly. Love all your pretty knick knacks too. Dianne.

Maggie R said...

I Love your dream space..
YourSweetie sure did a wonderful job.. I'm sure you will have many hours of pleasure tere...
Mine looks like the before!!!!!!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Everyone, I would like to thank all my blogging friends for their lovely, kind and thoughtful comments on my New Creative Studio. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Hugs Judy

Liz Schaffner said...

Judy, your room is to die for! How beautiful ! I would spend my days & nights in it! Your DH did a great job with the cupboards but you did a better one filling them!
I wanna come & play in your room!
P.S: I want those little sewing machines...teh are adorable!
P.S: Thanks for checking on me...I am back :-)

umintsuru said...

Hi Judy,

What a wonderful gift and it is made with so much love. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Elizabeth Braun said...

I see I'm not the only one whose celebrating a new workspace! Your re-vamped room looks lovely and light and user-friendly and I'm sure you're having a great time in there - even just sitting and looking at it all (which I do in mine...)

Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I hope there'll be more to see on my blogs soon, I've been such a slacker with them whilst we've been moving and resettling.

We don't celebrate the holidays (owing to their non-Christian origins etc), but thanks so much for your kind wishes and I hope life treats you and yours well too.=)

Tilly Rose said...

Hi Judy
What a lovely blog you have here!
Lovely to say hi.
I love your workroom hun....very envious! My workspace is on the dining table at the mo..
Hope you had a lovely celebration yesterday
Karen x x x

Stina said...

Ohh..that is A wonderful sewing room!!! Wish it was mine... :o))) thankyou ever so much for all the nice words... Im the one that should be thankful for your friendship.
Have a very nice weekend!!!

Cathy K said...

Hi Judy, what a lovely studio you and your sweetie designed and built for you! I bet you will enjoy it for many years to come ... and now you have the perfect place to complete the CQ of your dreams, LOL!! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, too! Ours was great (we were visiting family). Will write privately. Hugs, Cathy

teresa said...

Wow... your dream studio is WONDERFUL and perfect and beautiful! It will be so inspiring for you to be in there. I don't think I would ever want to leave!!! Your blog is lovely and I have really enjoyed my visit.

Solstitches said...

Hi Judy,
I'm just catching up on your blog and wow, you've been so busy!
Your new studio is delightful.
I can imagine you will be inspired to create work that is even more beautiful if that were possible.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a new year that is full of health and happiness.

shirley said...

Judy, I just found this post on your blog. What a wonderful space for your creativity your sweetie has created. No wonder you do such beautiful work in that beautiful room

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